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Educational Outreach

Jim Ladner explaining the Coastal Program at Earth Science Day The Florida Geological Survey maintains an active Education and Outreach Program in keeping with its mission to collect, interpret, and provide objective quality geologic information about Florida. Florida’s geology is unique; topics that may be explored from this portal provide an exciting introduction to our fascinating and fragile natural heritage. Videos available to teachers make the sometimes unusual and often wonderful world of Florida geology easily accessible to students. In addition, the FGS hosts an annual Open House in celebration of Earth Science Week that features tours of our facility and interactive earth science activities for students from ages K-12. Home schooling parents and their children are our special guests at this event. The FGS also sends geologists to speak to local schools on a staff available basis. See Resources for Teachers.

Educational Outreach Events:

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  • Earth Science Week, October 12-18, 2014

    A national event sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute. This year’s theme is Earth’s Connected Systems. The program promotes awareness of the dynamic interactions of the planet’s natural and human systems. Our particular work is more focused on the geosphere and the hydrosphere. The event “encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences and explore the ways that geoscience illuminates natural change processes”.

    In celebration of Earth Science Week, the Florida Geological Survey (FGS) will host an Open House on Friday, October 17th from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Gunter Building, 903 W Tennessee St. We will also offer a geologist-guided field trip to Leon Sinks Geological Area in the Apalachicola National Forest from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. These events coincides with Geologic Map Day. Open House at the Gunter Building will feature a drill rig and several core samples the rig is used to extract. Geologists will explain both the workings of the rig and answer questions about the cores. There will also be a station set up to display fossils from Florida. Microscopes and rock and sediment samples will be available with geologists to assist and interpret so that students can take a detailed look at rocks from the subsurface of Florida. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Environmental Education and Sustainable Initiatives will provide an activity related to water quality and its importance to the Earth’s major systems. For our youngest guests we will have coloring sheets highlighting prehistoric life in Florida and shells and Play-Doh™ for experimentation in one way fossils are formed. Several of our staff will be available to highlight work they are accomplishing in the geosciences.

    The field trip to Leon Sinks on Friday, October 17th, from 1:00 p.m. until 4 p.m. will include the option of a 3 mile loop and an approximately 4.5 mile trek, both including sink and swallet features at the site. The longer trip will include some of the floodplain and cypress swamps that are not visible on the shorter loop. Advance reservations will be required as each group is limited to 20 participants.; Entry fees have been waived by the U.S. Forest Service if you are part of the FGS guided hike.

    Scout night will be held at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening, October 16th. This event assists local Cub Scouts in obtaining their geology badge.  Depending upon level of interest, a second session may be added on Wednesday evening, October 15th. Spaces are limited to 40 participants for each of these events and advance reservations are required.

    Inquires about the Open House and Earth Science Week events, or scheduling reservations for either the Leon Sinks field trip or Cub Scout Night should be directed to Christopher P. Williams, Christopher.P.Williams@dep.state.fl.us, (850) 617-0317 or Frank Rupert, Frank.Rupert@dep.state.fl.us, (850) 617-0334.

    The address for the Florida Geological Survey (FGS) is 903 West Tennessee Street, on the FSU campus in Tallahassee. We are at the SW corner of Tennessee and Woodward. Parking can be a bit of a challenge. We recommend either street parking (usually meters) north of Tennessee Street, near us, or the parking lot behind the St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral which is at the NE corner of Tennessee and Woodward. This lot is best reached from Dewey Street and turning west onto Virginia Street and proceeding all the way to the end of the road. Parking at this lot is $3 and it takes $0.25 coins, and $1 or $5 bills.

    National Fossil Day 2014 logo

    Also coinciding with Earth Science Week is National Fossil Day on October 15th.  Please see the links below for resources and additional information on Earth Science Week and National Fossil Day.

    Earth Science Week Resources:

Past Events

Please visit our Educational Outreach Archive for information about past events.

Pages of interest to Teachers and Students:


  • Many of the FGS publications can be useful to both students and teachers and can be viewed online. Please see our List of Publications. The List of Publications is a Adobe pdf file and you will need the free Adobe reader to open it.

Other Resource Sites:

Last updated: November 10, 2014

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